Dubai launches virtual working programme to attract remote workers

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Dubai launches virtual working programme to attract remote workers

Dubai has launched a new programme that enables overseas remote working professionals to live in Dubai while continuing to serve their employers in their home country.

The move aims to “offer remote workers the opportunity to re-locate, on an annual basis, to one of the world’s leading tourism and business destinations”.

Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been recognised for setting a global model for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) awarded Dubai the Safe Travels Stamp in acknowledgement of its efforts to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and Covid-19 precautionary measures. The emirate also introduced the ‘Dubai Assured’ stamp to certify that establishments have implemented all public health protocols for the prevention and management of Covid-19.

The new programme also provides an enhanced value proposition for start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Dubai’s digital infrastructure is also validated by its No. 1 global ranking in e-infrastructure in the latest Digital Quality of Life (DQL) survey.

Individuals can apply for the annual programme here which costs US$287, plus medical insurance and a processing fee per person.

To qualify for the new programme, applicants must have:

  • Passport with minimum 6 months validity
  • Health insurance with UAE coverage validity
  • Proof of Employment from current employer with a one-year contract validity, a minimum of US$5,000 per month salary, last month’s payslip and 3 preceding months’ bank statements
  • If the applicant is a company owner: proof of ownership of company for one year or more, with an average monthly income of US$5,000 per month, and 3 preceding months’ bank statements

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